Kent

Chatham derelict church fire 'suspicious'

A fire in the roof of a derelict church in Chatham could have been started deliberately, Kent Police have said.

The blaze at the church in Dock Road needed 40 firefighters to bring it under control on Monday morning.

Police and Kent fire service have been investigating the cause of the incident and confirmed it was being treated as suspicious.

Road closures were put in place during rush hour, at the height of the blaze. No-one was injured in the incident.

Kent Police said the fire was believed to have started sometime between 05:00 and 05:35 BST.

Det Con Louise Evans said: "Kent Fire and Rescue Service were able to extinguish the fire before it spread throughout the building, but a considerable amount of damage was caused, particularly to the roof."

She said officers wanted to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time the fire started and who may have seen someone acting suspiciously.

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